After months of anticipation, Halo: Reach’s public beta kickstarted the release of Halo: Master Chief Collection on PC just recently. Similar to other contents, pirated versions of the game found their way to internet to allow everyone check out the latest version of the game. Interestingly, Microsoft revealed that it has right to ban all of the associate accounts with pirated versions of the game.
Microsoft’s latest comments came via Community Support and Engagement Coordinator at 343 Industries Tyler Davis. Recently, he turned to Twitter to reveal that Microsoft is aware of the problem of piracy of the latest release. He wrote, “If you download or play this illegal copy, we have the right to ban all associated accounts and remove you from all current or future 343 programs.”
It has come to our attention that the Halo Insider flight has been illegally distributed online. If you download or play this illegal copy, we have the right to ban all associated accounts and remove you from all current or future 343 programs.
Rules >>> https://t.co/UuPqv8obE1 pic.twitter.com/oqPjp3oyhi
— Tyler “Postums” Davis (@343Postums) June 29, 2019
If you didn’t know, the latest public flight of Halo: Reach contains just one mission and 343 Industries selected only about 1,000 players to test the latest build. As the company is looking to get as much feedback as possible from original beta testers, it’s likely that it’s cracking down on others to avoid any kind of PR disaster as the game might be unstable during first test flight.
In case you get your account banned, it’s likely that you will lose access to all of your digital contents. Given that Xbox One and Microsoft Store on Windows 10 use same account, such ban would be pretty critical in case you have a large number of games in your account.